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Adam Fischer

At the beginning of the 2015/16 season, Adam Fischer was appointed Principal Conductor of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and Artistic Consultant of the Düsseldorf Tonhalle. He is also Honorary Conductor of the Austrian-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra, founder of the Eisenstadt Haydn Festival, and founder and director of the Wagner Festival in Budapest. Well-known for his courageous political commitment, Adam Fischer has spoken out often in favor of human rights. Together with András Schiff he initiated and signed a petition against racism and discrimination, which they submitted to the European Union.

Born in 1949 in Budapest, Adam Fischer studied composition and conducting in the Hungarian capital, and with professor Hans Swarowsky in Vienna.
After appointments as Kapellmeister in Helsinki, in Karlsruhe and at Munich State Opera, Fischer held the post of General Music Director successively at the opera houses of Freiburg, Kassel and Mannheim, and was also Music Director of Hungarian State Opera in Budapest. Since 1999 he has been Chief Conductor of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra in Copenhagen. Regular engagements have led Adam Fischer to perform in the great opera houses of Europe and the US, including Vienna, Milan, Munich, Covent Garden, the New York Met and Bayreuth Festival. In orchestra appearances he also conducts the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Munich Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the London Philharmonic (LPO), the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Chicago and Boston Symphonies and the NHK Symphony in Tokyo.

Fischer’s award-winning CD releases include the complete symphonic works of Haydn (distinguished with the German national prize “Echo Klassik”) as well as of Mozart. He has also been awarded the Grand Prix du Disque twice: for his recordings of Die Königin von Saba (Goldmark) and of Bluebeard’s Castle (Bartók). In 2017, Adam Fischer was named Honorary Member of Vienna State Opera.

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Gustav Mahler
Mahler, Symphony No. 6
Adam Fischer
Gustav Mahler
Mahler, Symphony No. 2
Adam Fischer
Gustav Mahler
Mahler, Symphony No. 9
Adam Fischer
Gustav Mahler
Mahler, Symphony No. 8
Adam Fischer
Gustav Mahler
Mahler, Das Lied von der Erde
Adam Fischer
Gustav Mahler
Mahler Symphony No. 3
Adam Fischer & Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
Gustav Mahler
Mahler Symphony No. 5
Adam Fischer
Gustav Mahler
Mahler Symphony No. 1
Adam Fischer
Gustav Mahler
Mahler Symphony No. 4
Adam Fischer & Hanna-Elisabeth Müller
Gustav Mahler
Mahler Symphony No. 7
Adam Fischer